The clinical component of the five year MBBS program is imparting to each medical student graduate with the fundamental patient centered knowledge and skills important in health and disease as the basis of safe and effective patient care. Gap between the basic sciences and clinical medicine is bridged by providing the students with the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate patients while at the same time, emphasizing the importance and integration of basic sciences, behavioral medicine, ethics, and professionalism. The clinical phase of three years integrated curriculum prepares the medical student for effective delivery of health care to individual and society in practice of medicine.
The focus of this clinical phase through systems is on abnormal structure and function. Students rotate through a series of clinical clerkships which provide opportunities for the study of patients presenting with abnormal structure and function of the body systems. Clinical teaching complements actual clinical experience in patients. The epidemiology, etiology, and natural history of disease processes are investigated in greater depth than in preclinical phase. The principles of therapeutics are included in a consideration of the medical management of specific disease processes. The ethical implications of medical intervention are considered and the psychological and social consequences both of disease and medical intervention are reviewed. The six general clinical competencies for medical school students include:
- Integration of the Basic sciences in medicine
- Integration of Clinical knowledge and Skills towards Patient Care
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Organization and Systems-Based approach to Medicine
- Life long learning and self improvement
As a student progresses though the clinical curriculum of the medical school, his/her competencies and attainment of these learning outcomes are periodically reviewed as they provide valuable guide to the organization of the knowledge, skills and attitudes learnt during this phase of their professional growth.
After successful completion of the five year MBBS program, the students are required to undergo a compulsory one year rotational internship in the assigned hospital. Internship is a phase of training wherein a graduate is expected to conduct actual practice of medical and health care and acquire clinical skills under supervision, so as to enable him/her to function independently.
The electives provide the students with an opportunity to explore subjects of particular interest to them in greater depth than the core course allows or to improve upon the areas of weakness by repeating a regular clerkship. This allows them additional time for personal growth as they fine tune their general medical skills and begin to explore the specialized areas that interest them. Students are encouraged to select an elective course of their own choice for a period of not less than four weeks during semester eight.
The electives taken can be Home electives or Away from home electives. The Home electives are electives within the School of medicine, whereas Away from home electives can be an elective at another medical school or a clinical facility.
The Away from home electives are available from many schools as mentioned above and a variety of clinical facilities. The Office of the Dean and faculty members in the department will guide the students regarding electives.
As with all other clerkships, failure to attend an approved elective will result in an unsatisfactory grade.
International Electives: A one-month elective in a foreign country of the students’ choice may be under taken for credit by a student, only if educational value of the electives can be verified. Requests for special consideration for international elective should be discussed with the request in writing to the Dean, RAK College of Medical Sciences.